New Umhlanga HQ for pulp and paper heavyweight
14 August 2019 | Web Article Number: ME201915706
THE landmark Glass House Office Building located on Umhlanga Rocks Drive, north of Durban is set to be revitalised with the inclusion of a new blue-chip tenant: Sappi.
The forestry, pulp and paper group has signed a long lease with owners JT Ross Property Group in a partnership that will see Sappi occupy a portion of the building that formerly housed embattled sugar producer Tongaat Hulett.
JT Ross Property Group Development Manager, Grant Smith said Sappi would add gravity to the Glass House Office Park and act as a value driver for further corporates choosing to occupy offices within the Office Park.
"We are really excited to have Sappi as a long-term tenant. It will add momentum to the redevelopment of the park as we refocus the property."
Smith hailed Sappi's move from Amanzimtoti, south of Durban. "We appreciate them putting their trust in us as a property partner. Sappi adheres to strict ISO and other standards, all of which are carefully monitored. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to accommodating our tenants.”
In search for a key address for the relocation and expansion of their Global Business Services (GBS) division, Sappi has leased 2500 sqm of the Glass House Building, consisting of two levels.
Smith said the company was taking its office functions to the next level: a space they could mould, not only to fit their current occupational standards, but that also allows for future flexibility.
Smith added that the revitalisation of the office park includes significant efforts to create an active landscaped space in and around park.
"We intend offering tenant staff a work/life balance by rehabilitating the wetland with walking paths and opportunities to work outdoors. We believe the decision around choosing the office park as an office address is driven not only by the buildings and internal spaces but also the surrounds."
The official launch of the new Sappi HQ took place on 5 August 2019.